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Woodpecker beauty

A Greater Spotted Woodpecker (Picoides major, male) is a regular visitor during winter times at my feeders. Here he hangs from the one under the roof of my terrasse. This morning also the usual bad lighting went along with it, of course: ISO1600, 1/50s, F2.8! But it is only the foreplay anyway

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Double glazzing; slight crop

Now for the reason I started this thread:
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Double glazzing; 300mmF2.8; 1/125s, ISO400; 20% crop

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Double glazzing; 300mmF2.8; 1/250s, ISO1000; 20% crop

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Double glazzing; 300mmF2.8; 1/250s, ISO800; 20% crop

I saw this Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis, female) on the lawn just in front of the house. Lucky me - yes! In fact, I saw her several times during the week and also managed some photos, but these are the first worth posting.
Only once did I get a similar chance, last winter, and a male it was. Some photos theroff are already in my gallery. Here is one for comparison:

(#5, last winter)

Double glazzing; Bigma@500mm; ISO1600-2000

Green Woodpeckers have given me a hard time so far. I hear their call all year in the woods and see one here and there. They like to dig for ants on the neighbours lawn for instance. But to get them pictured - very difficult.

That is why I am quite pleased with the new shots from today. And I'll take all their imperfections with a wide grin

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Re: Woodpecker beauty

Those Green Woodpecker shots are lovely, the one in the snow brings out the colour very well, even with it's little dab of fertilisation
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Re: Woodpecker beauty

Yes, great shots Falk, i'd be very pleased with those. I do like that forth shot. Looks like the male is in the middle of a more 'private moment' .
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Re: Woodpecker beauty

Great set Falk, beautiful colourful bird and you did very well to capture it.
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Re: Woodpecker beauty

Wonderful shots - I especially like those green woodpeckers. They're high on the list of birds that I'd love to see sometime.
Just like the woodpeckers, I am green - with envy!
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Re: Woodpecker beauty

#1. Looks almost like a stuffed toy, Falk, a most unusual looking bird.

A very nice set of which #4 is my pick.
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I so wish we had Woodpeckers in Aus.
They always look such determined little birds with a mission in mind.
You did well with these Falk.
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Re: Woodpecker beauty

Thank you for commenting, I appreciate it.
And yes, the male was clever enough to drop some weight, befor taking off. If you search trough my gallery you will find an other pic of that "dropping sequence"

Mark, it is interesting you said that, because a Greater Spotted Woodpecker is such an every days sight (if I want too, at least), being the most numerous woodpecker we have, that I would not have thought of the possibility that anybody may find something special about it. But it is certainly the same thing for you as it is for me to see an exotic Aussie birdy, fair enough.
The Green Woodpecker is our second largest, the size of a small dove. It has a very loud and distinctive call, which is more pleasant then the sharp noise the Spotted Woodpecker makes. And colour, well, not much that we have can compete with it, I think. I certainly like the looks a lot.
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Re: Woodpecker beauty

We get the greater one on a rare occassion (so only managed one set of pics), never had the grren in our garden. Thanks.
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Re: Woodpecker beauty

The day before yesterday I had the chance for an other go at her beauty. This time I was brave and ever so slowly opened the front door to get an unobstructed view. The lighting was still bad though. But I noticed an advantage of 1EV after getting rid of the window glass; the open view has helped the contrast for sure:

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in the process of digging

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Suspicious view "Is it save to stay with this clicking sound from over there ...?!"

All are F2.8 and cropped by 25%. Again I am pleased with what I got, because these are now my best ever Green Woodpecker photos, I think.
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Re: Woodpecker beauty

Some excellent shots there Falk. You should be especially pleased with the three new ones. I used to see Green Woodpeckers nearly every time I went out but I haven't see any recently. I haven't even heard them calling. They are usually very shy and hard to approach, so you have done very well with these shots.

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Some excellent shots there Tord.
I'll take that as a big compliment
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Re: Woodpecker beauty

Whoops, sorry Falk. I have amended my original post. I am trying to do several things at once at the moment and I am not good at multi-tasking.

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Re: Woodpecker beauty

Great shots like the grass in the air shot, have only heard woodpeckers never seen one yet do not think we get Green ones. Very well taken.
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